Per my understanding the City Council is contemplating a new fee of $3.00 levied against all residents of which $1.00 of the $3.00 will be used to subsidize the potential sidewalk project. Instead of adding a fee why doesn't the council consider working in the best interest of its citizens and find a budget area to shave the needed dollars instead of taking the easy way out and placing the financial responsibility on the citizen. A few area's of saving dollars that immediately come to mind is our golf course - it's a loss leader and was poor decision in the first place considering Ft. Hood has 18 hole course and another area is the EDC. There are a few other area's that come to mind as well but I an'll refrain at this time.

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Billy Lovette over 3 years ago

I don't want any new fee's either, but I would like to see sidewalks in the older parts of town that don't have them so people don't have to walk on the streets. Everything takes money. Now one solution is to just wait until we get more businesses in here to gain more property tax revenue, but of course that could take a few more years. Hopefully a solution will be made that won't hurt out checkbooks.

We need our golf course. Even though it never makes a profit, we need something for people to do. I haven't seen the numbers on how the course is doing this year, but as our city grows more people will use the course and hopefully it will start making a little profit or at least break even.

As far as our EDC, they are doing a great job. There are some smart people working over there and they are trying hard to bring jobs and businesses to our city. Economic Development takes time. It doesn't happen over night. It never has. If you have questions about the EDC go talk to them. They are very nice people. Tell them your concerns and ask them questions about the EDC and there purpose.

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Christian Mulvey over 3 years ago

If a golf course is the only thing for people to do, we're hurting. I'm investigating the financials and will try and remember to post what I find the Golf Course to be. Less than 1/10 (on the high side) of our community even knows how to gold let alone utilizes the course. Why are we appealing to the minority rather than the majority. Concerning EDC. A lot of dollars have been lost due to what I believe to be poor management and oversight, but that's my opinion. I'm working on procuring the facts to back it up. Whether we agree or disagree, I feel that the dialogue is good. We need more of it within our community and our officials.

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Jaclyn Womack over 3 years ago

There are ways for the Golf Course to generate revenue, like having local businesses sponsor a tournament or two a year to get people interested. I'm not even sure a lot of the transient military families know we have one. Personally, I'd never use it, but I don't mind it if it's self sufficient. I don't like the idea that my tax dollars are being poured down the drain year after year, with no end to it in sight.

As for the sidewalks - I pay enough taxes. End of story. We have the highest taxes of all three cities in this area. How is it that Killeen and Harker Heights can manage more with less? Considering the money we're pouring down the drain to have lawyers look over every single inquiry under the Freedom of Information act, I'm assuming we can find a few dollars there by standardizing that cluster....

We can also pick up habits like other small towns who need revenue do - more traffic citations. Go sit on the bypass and ticket the crap out of the jerks who think a new raceway has opened up. People coming into town on 190, from the east, don't drop down below their 80-85 until they hit the light at the HEB. Nail em. Ave B school zone? Doing 30MPH, the way I'm supposed to, and I have people crawled up my backside. I don't remember the last time I saw a police vehicle doing a speed trap at any of these spots.

Put some liens on abandoned and collapsing properties and resell them instead of letting them sit like the eyesores they are now and make a little pocket change. I keep seeing these big, beautiful houses being built on the outskirts of town while our older, downtown area stands empty, collapsing or damaged (the broken window on the used tire shop on D and Main has been boarded up instead of repaired for months and months now). KCCB? How about we get it there first, by holding property owners responsible for their property and fining the bejeezus out of those who don't? Viola, income and a prettier town.

People who are doing the wrong thing are who the city needs to be reaching for, not those of us who are already being taxed through the nose.

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Tanja Cook over 3 years ago

The golf course does sponsor tournaments. They also have golf classes for children, which mine participated in. The problem with the golf course is there are fewer people taking up the game. As for property owners being held responsible, they already are. If the violation doesn't get fixed the owner is fined. If it has to do with landscaping, the city gives them time and then does it themselves and charges the owner. As for speeding, the police can only be in so many places at once. I suggest that if there is a major issue you talk with someone in the police department to express your concerns. They do listen. Now, as far as getting the EDC to do their job, I'm not overly enthusiastic about the job they've been doing. My sister was told that SHE should call or write to companies to get them interested in coming here. If that is the case, why is the EDC here? It's their job to get companies to come here, not the citizens. I remember when they had a huge building built behind the Wal-Mart that was supposed to attract industry. It failed. It sat there for years before the movie theater finally came in. Note that we have an "industrial park" that has absolutely no industry in it. And I'd like to know how the "City built for family living" has no real family places or activities for said families. In regards to Killeen and Harker Heights doing what they do with property taxes, Killeen has a higher population which means more taxdollars and Harker Heights has a richer population than we do with more expensive houses that provide more tax income than here. As for the sidewalks, making us pay more money upon what we already give, I'm against it. We have a high amount of retirees here who are on fixed incomes. Find a place to cut the budget somewhere and use that.

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Jasper Johnson about 3 years ago

It is my understanding that there is a city ordinance that requires the construction of sidewalks for new constructions within the city limits. If this is correct what happened to the subdivision off of Big Divide? This should have been constructed by the CONTRACTOR building the subdivision and not the City. What Happened??

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City Admin about 3 years ago

Jasper - It depends which portion of Skyline Valley you are referring to. The older areas, those lying between Big Divide and Skyline such as Colorado, Taylor Creek, King, etc., were zoned as country estates and did not require sidewalks. However the newer areas to the west of Big Divide do require and have sidewalks constructed.

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